One thing is for certain. CNN is not going to find Jesus.
We’ve seen it before, these network-news/national magazine/Easter season attacks on traditional Christianity. If you’ll recall a few examples, start with ABC’s much publicized “The Search for Jesus.” Peter Jennings took the search to Israel in 2000, convinced before he ever left home that Jesus couldn’t be found. Not surprisingly, ABC couldn’t find the “historical” Jesus. Bill Maher has made a living “exposing” Jesus. Newsweek magazine was so convinced Jesus never existed, it put him on the cover of the magazine at least a dozen times. Ironically, Newsweek folded. Jesus is still in circulation.
So now CNN returns to the secular search for Jesus. Right off the bat, in the first installment of “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery,” is a serious effort to announce that Jesus never actually existed.
To its credit, CNN at least interviewed a scholar who scoffs at the idea of a mythological Jesus. But as common sense goes, the network gives its headlines and majority of time to a disgruntled non-scholar who claims Jesus never really lived.
Can you imagine what would happen if CNN treated other people from history the same way?
What if the network suggested that Martin Luther King, Jr. never lived? If it sounds absurd, it should. But if the same journalistic principles apply, the network could find someone, somewhere who will claim that it was only the idea of such a man that brought profound change to America in the 20th Century. The concepts developed by MLK’s followers – though they never actually followed a real person, mind you – are what changed the world.
Throw a headline on the interview and you’ve got something millions of people would watch.
Such an idea, of course, would be nonsense. We have too many eyewitnesses who would immediately demand a retraction. There is simply too much overwhelming evidence that Martin Luther King, Jr. lived. So no, don’t expect CNN to cover the “mythology” of MLK. At least not for 2,000 years or so.
Hmm. There were eyewitnesses around when Jesus lived, too. And those eyewitnesses decided they’d rather die than retract their “story” about Jesus being raised from the dead. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I heard Tim Lee say something last week that really sticks with me. For all their talk about not believing in God, isn’t it telling that atheists keep talking about God?
CNN doesn’t believe in Jesus. But they sure keep talking about him. Isn’t that, in and of itself, telling us something?
Where is the CNN special debunking the historicity of Muhammed, founder of Islam? Surely CNN International isn’t afraid of incurring the wrath of the Jihadists … or are they? If not, why not “expose” Muhammed? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if Islamic terrorists realized there’s no paradise waiting for suicide bombers?
Here’s another question: Did Buddha really live? It’s hard to say. CNN hasn’t investigated Buddha.
I’m struggling to remember, but it seems to me we’ve not seen great investigative efforts looking for historical Hinduism, archeological evidence for the Book of Mormon, or proof that New Age practices have any real value.
But Jesus? Man, these people are fascinated by Jesus.
Maybe that’s because Jesus didn’t just preach a gospel of love, grace and forgiveness. Maybe that’s also because Jesus raised the bar of morality to new heights. Maybe that’s because Jesus expected his followers to “go and sin no more.” Maybe that’s because Jesus literally preached against many of the moral stances CNN has championed in recent years.
Until this moment, I never even noticed. “CNN” and “sin” actually rhyme. If CNN wants to make stuff up, so can I. Did you know that Jesus once said, “Go and CNN no more?”
Here’s the way it works if you’re a powerful media agent and you’d like to promote a new morality that goes against biblical teachings. If you can plant the idea that Jesus never existed, maybe people will tire of fighting for traditional values. If you can show enough “news” specials casting enough doubt on the teaching of Jesus, perhaps more Christians will just go with the flow and accept what a modern, secular culture says is right. If you can turn Jesus from God-on-earth into a regular kind of guy, perhaps Christianity will stop insisting that Jesus is the only way to get to God.
Good try, CNN, but it’s not going to work.
No person from antiquity has more evidence for his existence than Jesus of Nazareth. No one. If CNN applied the same level of “scholarship” to Plato, Homer or Julius Caesar, none of those individuals would make the next edition of our history books.
If you didn’t have anything else to prove that Jesus really lived, the circumstantial evidence alone would do the job.
Thousands of people were not only convinced that Jesus lived, but they were also convinced that Jesus lived after he died. Though they were punished, persecuted and executed for this belief, they refused to change their stories. With all that was going against it, the movement should have died quickly. Instead, it mushroomed. It went viral. It changed the world.
You want to see a “myth?” Here’s one: CNN is looking for Jesus.
CNN is not looking for Jesus. They just want you to forget about him.